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Friday, February 17, 2012

Two killed in Shawnee apartment building fire

Posted: February 17, 2012 - 5:47am
Updated: February 18, 2012 - 12:54am

Update: Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox says that food in a pan on the stove sparked the fire which killed two people Friday morning. Mattox identified the victims as 23-year-old JaMaur Smith and 21-year-old Jay'd Griffin, both are said to have died from smoke inhalation. There was a smoke detector in the apartment but, the batteries had been removed, according to Mattox.

Chief Mattox also says that one of the victims was found in the living room, indicating they may have been trying to escape but were overcome by toxic smoke, which doesn't take long. The other victim was found on the bedroom floor. Both victims lost died from carbon monoxide toxicity, otherwise known as smoke inhalation.

"This fire is Shawnee's first citizen fatalities from a fire in more than 10 years," Mattox said.

According to Mattox, "the first thing to go to sleep on you is your olfactory system, you stop smelling things. One of the last things to wake up on you is your olfactory system. That's why it's so important to have early detection."

The building, built in the 1970's, passed its annual fire alarm test in May 2011. Firefighters confirm that the alarm was sounding when they arrived. Dispatchers also reported receiving reports from 911 callers that the alarms were working.


Original Story:

At 5:32 a.m. fire crews from Shawnee and Overland Park were dispatched on a reported apartment building fire at 11601 W 75th Terrace, Carlyle Apartments in Shawnee. Three apparatus and crews were sent from Shawnee Fire along with two apparatus and crews from Overland Park Fire.

Johnson County Emergency Communications Center Dispatchers say they received multiple 911 calls about smoke in the two story building and also received an automatic fire alarm.

Shawnee Police arrived on the scene and reported that the smoke was heaviest in the basement.

Shawnee Fire crews arrived, reporting light haze visible inside. Crews located a small fire in a basement level apartment which had filled with heavy smoke. As those crews were extinguishing the fire, two victims were located. With the assistance of crews from Overland Park Fire both victims were carried out of the building.

According to Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox, "Firefighters and Johnson County Med-Act attempted CPR, but it was too late." Mattox also says it is likely that the victims succumbed to the smoke.

Firefighters reported the fire was extinguished at 6:08 a.m.. Crews also reported fire alarms were sounding throughout the building.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire Investigators as well as Police Detectives are investigating the cause of the fire as well as a damage estimate.

The Red Cross is also on scene with apartment management assisting the displaced residents.

This is the second apartment fire in Shawnee this week. The first was Tuesday evening, just over half a mile away from this morning's fire. 2-Alarm apartment building fire in Shawnee.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2-Alarm apartment building fire in Shawnee

Posted: February 14, 2012 - 8:49pm
Updated: February 16, 2012 - 1:39am

Just after 8:20 p.m., Shawnee firefighters were called to investigate reports of an apartment building fire at building 7606-7608 Goddard Street, Fox Run Apartments.

As fire crews began to arrive in the area, they reported smoke was visible. Once crews reached the building, inside the apartment complex, smoke was visible from the two story apartment building. A short time later, those same crews reported fire was now showing through the roof.

A 2nd-Alarm response was requested just before 8:45 p.m.

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Shawnee Fire Department, Fire Prevention Officer, Corey Sands, says Firefighters rescued two people from second floor balconies using ground ladders. Both people were reported to have minor injuries, they were treated on the scene and released. No other injuries were reported.



Sands also says residents of 24 units were displaced by the fire. 12 of those units sustained significant damaged in the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is now estimated at $750,000.

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Firefighters from Merriam, Overland Park and Lenexa assisted Shawnee Fire on the scene. The Johnson County Emergency Communications Center Mobile Command Post also responded to the scene.

Two fire crews remained on the scene until around 4:30 a.m., extinguishing hot spots.

Investigators will return to the site this morning to continue the investigation.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Tractor trailer involved in Gardner accident located

Posted: February 13, 2012 - 3:23am
Updated: February 13, 2012 - 11:48pm

The Kansas Highway Patrol says that the truck and it's co-drivers, involved in a serious accident last week between Gardner and Olathe on Interstate 35, have been located.

Troopers say the accident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, a passenger car rear-ended a tractor trailer while northbound on I-35, near 167th Street. The car left the interstate and came to rest against a KDOT fence, seriously injuring the pregnant female driver. The truck was not at the scene when Troopers arrived and witnesses were unable to provide a detailed description of the truck. Earlier story regarding the accident.

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers issued a news release asking for local media to assist in spreading the word that KHP would like any information regarding the tractor trailer which was involved in the accident. Tips received from the public following that news release placed the truck traveling north through Kansas into Missouri, and later placed the truck near the Missouri-Iowa state line. A second news release was made available on Thursday, explaining the path the truck followed and that the trailer possibly still had the car hood impaled in the rear protection system. A call was then received from the Des Monies area from someone who noticed the truck.

"The trucking company and drivers have been fully cooperative," said Lieutenant Tom Catania, field supervisor in Troop A for the Kansas Highway Patrol. "We don't expect any charges to be filed in this case."

Lieutenant Catania says "the trailer was fully loaded and weighed approximately 80,000 pounds at the time of the accident. It is not uncommon for occupants of vehicles of this size and weight to be unaware of a crash, if they are struck by a passenger car. Thank you so much to the media who put out the information on the vehicle we were looking for, and to all of the citizens who called us and reported what they observed. We really appreciate their assistance, and without them, we probably would not have been able to identify the truck or the driver."

The female driver has since been identified as 33-year-old Nikki McClure. She remains hospitalized and in serious condition. McClure did give birth to a baby girl Wednesday morning after being transported to an area hospital. The baby is said to be doing just fine.

McClure's family has organized a fund to help with medical expenses. McClure Family Fund care of Central National Bank at 205 N. Moonlight Road, Gardner, Kansas 66030 or 1725 E. Santa Fe Street, Gardner, Kansas 66030.


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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Police impersonator stops at least one vehicle in Miami County

Posted: February 11, 2012 - 5:35am
Updated: February 11, 2012 - 4:35pm

UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the Miami County Sheriff's Office reports that the suspect and the vehicle have been located. The man turned himself in after word spread of the incident from media and Facebook, according to Authorities. Deputies say the male suspect is a Law Enforcement Officer from "out of town." He reportedly spotted a strange vehicle and made a traffic stop on that vehicle. The case has been forwarded to the Undersheriff who will decide the outcome of the case.

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The Miami County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a person reported being pulled over by a man impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer around 4 a.m., south of Paola, Kansas.

The man was described as a white male with a thin face, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150-180lbs and wearing oval glasses. He was dressed in a black water resistant jacket and blue jeans with holes in them. The victim also reports that the male was armed with an unknown type handgun.

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The suspect vehicle is described as a black or dark colored Chevrolet 2-door, possibly a Cobalt. The vehicle is said to have red/blue "police style" lights on the sun visor and a dealership license plate on the front bumper.

No further information was immediately available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami County Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 913-294-8477.

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Serious accident injures 2 in Shawnee

Posted: February 11, 2012 - 2:31am
Updated: February 11, 2012 - 2:50am

Shawnee Police are investigating after an early morning accident near 55th Street and Clare road in Shawnee. The accident was reported just after 2 a.m., this morning.

Initial reports indicate that the vehicle was westbound on 55th Street when it crashed through a fence and into a wooded area, as 55th Street ends at Clare road. The driver of the vehicle was able to free himself and walk to a nearby residence to call 911. The only other occupant of the vehicle was a front seat passenger, who was unconscious in the vehicle as units arrived on the scene.

Shawnee Police, Fire and Johnson County Med-Act arrived and reported the vehicle had sustained "very heavy damage." The vehicle's driver is said to have serious injuries, while the passenger is said to have suffered critical injuries. Police have called out their Traffic Safety Unit to investigate the accident and the circumstances surrounding it.

Both the driver and passenger are reported to be males between 21 and 22-years-old. The men were both wearing their seat belts according to Police.

Officers continue to investigate whether or not alcohol played a role in the accident. Johnson County Med-Act did report the smell of alcohol from the driver.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Woman gives birth after serious accident, remains in critical condition

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 7:14am
Updated: February 9, 2012 - 4:54pm

Related Story: Tractor Trailer involved in Gardner accident located


Update: The Kansas Highway Patrol says that 33-year-old, Nikki McClure, was driving northbound on Interstate 35 in the right lane at normal highway speeds. McClure's vehicle, a 2000 Hyundai, approached the rear of a slower moving tractor trailer, also in the right lane. The Hyundai struck the rear of the tractor trailer and left the east side of the highway. The vehicle came to a stop against a KDOT fence, while the tractor trailer continued northbound.

McClure was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The baby is said to be doing just fine. McClure remains in critical but stable condition according to a statement from her husband.

Troopers continue to seek information regarding the tractor trailer which was struck in the accident. Witnesses reported that the trailer was white or gray and that the truck was white, both were described as very dirty. Troopers say the rear end protection of the trailer should have significant damage, possibly with a piece of the victim's vehicle impaled. Witnesses have reported spotting a possible tractor trailer as far north as the Missouri-Iowa state line on Interstate 35.

The Kansas Highway Patrol would like to speak with the driver and/or occupants of the involved tractor trailer, as well as anyone who might have witnessed the incident around 7 a.m., Wednesday morning. Anyone with information is asked to call Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tom Catania at 913-782-8100.




Original Story:

Emergency crews are on the scene of a serious accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near 167th Street, just north of Gardner. The accident was reported just before 7 a.m..

Johnson County Fire District No. 1 arrived on scene and reported one vehicle off of the highway with heavy damage and one person trapped in the vehicle.

Crews worked for just under 20 minutes to extricate the, 33-year-old, woman from the vehicle. The woman is also said to be 7-8 month pregnant. The Kansas Highway Patrol confirms that her injuries are critical. As of 7:30 a.m., the woman has arrived at a Kansas City area Hospital for treatment.

Law Enforcement from Gardner, Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol are all in the area. Initial reports indicate that the vehicle was forced off of the roadway by or possibly struck a tractor trailer. That tractor trailer did not stop at the scene and Law Enforcement has very limited information on the involved tractor trailer.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says that it is possible the driver of the tractor trailer was unaware that an accident had occurred.

According to a statement from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the tractor trailer is described as "closed box trailer" and "evidence at the scene suggests the truck may also have icy built up on it from traveling through icy areas." The rear of the trailer should also have "significant damage to the rear end protection system." Witnesses were unable to provide a color or any significant markings on the truck or trailer. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Kansas Highway Patrol at 913-782-8100.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Two alarm Shawnee house fire

Posted: February 5, 2012 - 2:23am
Updated: February 5, 2012 - 5:00am

At 1:28 a.m. Sunday morning, Shawnee Fire units were called to investigate a deck fire which was reported to be spreading to the rear of the house at 13872 West 58th Terrace in the Lakeview Estates subdivision. The Merriam Fire Department was also dispatched to assist.

Responding fire crews reported fire showing from the intersection of Johnson Drive and Widmer Drive, approximately 200 yards south of the fire scene. This report was made at 1:33 a.m..

Crews arrived on scene about a minute later and reported heavy fire visible from the rear side of the house. Upon entry into the home, crews reported that the fire had spread into the attic space.

At 1:50 a.m., Incident Command requested a second alarm response to the scene. An additional fire crew from Shawnee Fire as well as crews from Merriam and Lenexa were then added to the alarm.

Interior fire crews reported having issues with water pressure, as a result, those crews were evacuated until the issue could be fixed. While those crews were outside of the structure, Johnson County's Water One was able to boost water pressure to a nearby fire hydrant. Incident Command reported that the issue was handled and interior crews were allowed back inside.

As of 3:03 a.m., crews have reported the fire to be under control. One resident was treated for what were only described as "slight burns to the hands." No one was transported by Med-Act from the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A damage estimate has not been made available as of this report.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Deffenbaugh truck involved in fatal accident.

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 12:02pm
Updated: February 4, 2012 - 12:56am

The call was dispatched just after 11:45 a.m. in the 57th Terrace and Goddard Street in Shawnee. A caller reported a Deffenbaugh Disposal truck had crashed in the area.

Shawnee Police and Fire responded with Johnson County Med-Act to the scene. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Shawnee Police say their Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the accident. Officers say the man was the Deffenbaugh truck's driver and that he had stepped out of the truck when the truck rolled over him.

Police have identified the driver as, 61-year-old, Gary G. Anderson of Ottawa, Kansas. Anderson was the only person assigned to the truck on Friday.

Goddard Street, between Johnson Drive and 57th Street was closed for about two hours as Police investigated.

Related Story:
Deffenbaugh garbage truck crash in Miami County kills one, critically injures another.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Overland Park woman found safe after 3rd disappearance

Posted: February 2, 2012 - 4:10am
Updated: February 5, 2012 - 12:52am

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Update: Molly Jones' family says that Molly returned to the family's residence, near 83rd and Farley Streets, around 5:25 p.m. Saturday evening. Overland Park Police confirm that Molly Jones did return home. No other information was immediately available.

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Overland Park Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 27-year-old, Molly Jones. She was last seen at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of her home near 83rd Street and Farley Road in Overland Park.


Police say Molly suffers from a medical condition that can cause her to become catatonic and unaware of her surroundings. Due to the medical condition, Police consider her as "Missing/Endangered." A press release says that Molly is believed to be wearing a pink sport shirt and blue jeans. Her hair was also in a pony tail when she was last seen. Police say her hair is shoulder length when it is down. She is reported to have left on foot and without a purse or phone.


Molly Jones is a white female, standing 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing approximately 155 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call Overland Park Police at 913-895-6300 or 911.

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Molly disappeared, January 28, 2012, from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She was found, Monday, January 30, 2012, after knocking on a door just a few blocks away from the hospital. Previous Story.

She also disappeared from the same Overland Park home in November 2011. She was found the next day in Grove, Oklahoma. Previous Story.

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